First the news release:
I like the fact that the field won’t be set until Sunday. I’d prefer only 27 cars be locked in on Saturday.
It’s fantastic that both the pole run and bumping will be on NBC. The TV window dictated the format most likely.
I’m glad the 10-30 group doesn’t have to requalify Sunday. It rewards the teams for making the field on Day 1.
Giving the cars still needing to make the race just one shot Sunday seems inconsistent with the qualifying rules for Saturday. They should have two shots as time allows. Perhaps have the Fast Nine shootout first and make the practice only two hours.
I could live without the Fast Nine Shootout. Determine the pole by fastest time Saturday and allow the Pole winner to spend time in the tv booth on Sunday. The schedule allows little air time for the polesitter.
Although I think this doesn’t go far enough, it is a big step in the right direction with what appears to be added television time. It is still probably a work in progress depending on the number of entries.